Director: John Waters
Feature film | United States | 1981
85 min | Stereo

57th Hof International Film Festival
|8|16|35| – HoF Classics on Film

In a Baltimore suburb, frustrated housewife Francine attempts to keep her mental equilibrium by taking care of her dysfunctional family. Her husband Elmer is cheating on her with his secretary and running a porn cinema, which leads to a demonstration by Puritans in front of their house. The elder daughter Lulu wears skin-tight clothes and is pregnant by Bobo. Their younger teenage son Dexter is a sex addict who fantasizes about women’s feet.

Bullied by Elmer and his mistress and constantly belittled and criticized by her own mother, poor Francine eventually succumbs to the lure of alcohol. It is only an encounter with attractive cinema owner Todd Tomorrow, who specializes in art films, that changes Francine’s life entirely.

With David Samson, Divine, Edith Massey, Hans Kramm, Joni Ruth White, Ken King, Mary Garlington, Mink Stole, Stiv Bators, Tab Hunter

Screenplay John Waters, Cinematography David Insley, Editing Charles Roggero, Music Chris Stein, Michael Kamen, Production John Waters